The Hakuba Shuttle is a bus service that operates for tourists during the Green Season. The three routes cover most of Hakuba’s sights, and with a full day pass only costing 500yen per adult, this is the cheapest option for those without their own wheels.
Having a car in Hakuba can make life a lot easier, as you are not reliant on public transport or your hosts. Often it is better to rent in Nagano, as there are many national chains located near JR Nagano Station.
In such a natural peaceful setting, riding a bicycle around Hakuba can be not only a way to get around, but also a fun activity in itself. There are frequent spots to rest and bathrooms are widely available.
There are a number of operators in the valley the rent bicycles.